1906 Syria Temple Toothpick Holder 

with Grape Motif 

Los Angeles, Ca.

 

Each year Syria Temple produced novelty glass items to commemorate the Imperial Shrine Session that they were to attend.  These glass items were sold and traded much like todays baseball cards and pins and were the most sought after collectibles at these conventions.  Syria Temple commissioned Westmoreland Glass Co. and United States Glass Company to produce different glass items each year with a "theme" suited to the city that they were visiting.   The year this grape motif shot glass was made, 1906, the Imperial Session was to be held in Los Angeles, California, but an earthquake caused major damage to the city so the Session was held there the following year.  This toothpick holder, made in clear and purple  glass, (grapes were rapidly becoming a popular California crop) is an original made by the Westmoreland Glass Co.  It is hand-painted with a white crescent and gold band with lettering and measures 2 3/8 inches tall. 

 

         

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